Sustainable Energy

We foster community development through the access and responsible use of energy, and we work to contribute to the preservation of the planet’s natural resources.


The Galp Foundation is a partner of Colmeia, a collaborative innovation programme developed by Galp and the Matosinhos City Council that aims to boost entrepreneurship and energy transition in Matosinhos, bringing together talent, start-ups and the whole community around sustainable solutions.

The programme is also supported by imatch, the Yunus Social Innovation Center of Católica Lisbon and Galp Upcoming Energies.

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Vilas em Movimento

The "Vilas em Movimento" (villages in movement) program is a partnership supported by the municipality and the Odiana Association, which seeks to serve the population of the Alcoutim municipality by promoting social inclusion, well-being and sustainable mobility.

Renovation and equipment of a space for physiotherapy consultations, promotion of arts and traditional culture in various parts of the municipality and a network of 14 electric bicycles. These are the main axes of the social project promoted by the Galp Foundation in the town of Alcoutim, where Galp is developing its first solar park in Portugal.

Learn more about this project here.


The Fumukaba Project consists of replacing charcoal and firewood with butane gas for the preparation of food in Guinea-Bissauan households. Corresponding with the Sustainable Development Objectives that guide Galp Foundation, the project will allow the use of cleaner, safer energy that has a positive impact on the quality of life of the citizens.

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Energiza Project aims, for the first time, to provide access to electric energy through the installation of photovoltaic solar systems in communities located in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Manica and Sofala, in Mozambique. The project will allow these communities to improve the quality of services essential to their social and economic development, education and health.


Land of Hope

Launched at the end of 2017 by the Galp Foundation in partnership with ANEFA - National Association of Forest, Agricultural and Environmental Companies - and Galp, the Terra de Esperança Movement has the mission to help reforest the burnt areas and promote the preservation of the Portuguese forest, in partnership with municipalities and the community. With the aim of planting 500,000 trees, it has mobilized more than 6,500 volunteers, 4,500 children and 30 municipalities from north to south of the country.


Sustainable Mobility: Pedestrian and cycling bridge over the 2ª Circular

With the aim of promoting sustainable mobility in the city of Lisbon, a pedestrian crossing catered to cyclists was opened at the beginning of 2015 on the ring road ‘Segunda Circular’. The project surged in light of an international competition “Bridges for a more positive future”, which was launched in 2009 by Galp Foundation in collaboration with Experimenta Design - EXD'09. The bridge connects Campo Grande, Benfica and the Estádio Universitário, with a continuous cycling route of around nine kilometres, helping to widen the network of bike paths, thus promoting sustainable mobility in the city of Lisbon.

See the project presentation following the Lisbon Mobility Week.

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Pedestrian and cycling bridge


The Alliance for Road Safety was a multi-annual multi-stakeholder program whose mission was to mobilise society with regard to the issues of Road Safety and Prevention. To this end, conditions were created for research, awareness and action in this field, with a view to improving the behaviour of drivers in traffic.

Alongside Galp, the Directorate-General for Health, the National Authority for Road Safety and Sair de Casca, the Galp Energia Foundation was a member of this project’s board, having financed the largest and most complete study in the last 10 years on the declared attitudes and behaviours of the Portuguese with regards to road accidents (developed with the academic partner ISCTE-IUL).

Inaugurated in September 2011, the bicycle paths resulted from a Protocol established with Lisbon City Council. This project aims to raise public awareness, support environment preservation and, at the same time, promote health and sport in the community.

The track, which is located in a residential area near schools and offices, has great potential for use and enables daily work-home travel as well as leisure, linking parks and gardens.

Acknowledging the importance of developing conservation actions and promoting biodiversity, the Galp Energia Foundation supported, between 2009 and 2010, the implementation of the M@rbis-NATURA 2000 Project - Information System for Marine Biodiversity, approved under the Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Affairs of the Sea Action Plan (2008/2020).

This project aims to organise and order existing scientific information on the marine biodiversity of the waters under national jurisdiction, including the creation of an integrated information system on marine biodiversity, databases and a network of information sharing between institutions.

Following the Galp Foundation’s strong commitment to raising awareness among the community to environmental topics and promoting a more sustainable urban mobility, Experimenta Design 09 (a Biennial that took place between September and November 2009) was staged with 40 bicycles distributed throughout the different venues of the event, which were at visitors’ disposal to move freely around the exhibition.

The concept of sharing was also enhanced, as 20 of these bikes had two seats. These bikes were previously the target of an exclusive artistic intervention by young designers selected from the Institute of Arts and Design (IADE), in an attempt to bring the university environment closer to business reality.

Launched in 2009, the Sustainable Mobility Ideas Contest was developed in partnership with MAOTDR - Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, and the APA - Portuguese Environment Agency, in conjunction with national councils.

The contest, under the theme "Brainstorming for a Permanent Project", was intended to reward the best project of a permanent measure that, most efficiently, promoted an improvement to the city (ies) atmospheric quality while also exploring sustainable urban mobility.

An online vote saw the award go to the municipality of Almada’s "Bicla Tejo" project, a pedestrian and cycle route that connects Trafaria and Costa da Caparica, with linking the Belém-Trafaria river crossing and the bike path.

In order to strengthen its relationship with the national scientific community, the Galp Foundation joined the Portuguese Society of Physics and, at the end of 2011, launched the "Mais Energia" Competition.

This contest had the objective of rewarding the best works of students and young researchers of Higher Education in the fields of Energy ​​conversion and management, and the best approaches to themes proposed in classrooms by secondary school teachers.

The works submitted in the competition were analysed and selected by the jury - composed of renowned personalities from the scientific and academic community and experts in the field of energy - and the winners were determined and delivered their monetary prizes in 2013.